One reported missing as flood waters cause damage, wash away homes in NKY

Published: Jul. 23, 2017 at 1:29 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2017 at 9:05 AM EDT
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Sara Celi (FOX19 NOW)
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Damage in front of a home in Maysville as a result of flash flooding. (Source: Sara Celi)
Damage in front of a home in Maysville as a result of flash flooding. (Source: Sara Celi)
Cars in a creek in Maysville, KY (Source: Sara Celi)
Cars in a creek in Maysville, KY (Source: Sara Celi)

BRACKEN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The search is expected to resume Monday morning for an 82-year-old man missing after officials say his mobile home was swept away by flood waters over the weekend.

Delmar Nickoson has not been seen since six inches of rain caused flash flooding that swelled Bracken County creek, damaging and washing away homes in parts of northern Bracken County late Saturday and early Sunday.

"It shot right straight into his yard and it caught his mobile home and it was probably 50 to 100 feet from where it was sitting," a resident said.

The rush of water pushed his mobile home into a tree, crushing it to pieces.

Cadaver dogs and rescue crews canvased the area Sunday, unsuccessfully searching for Nickoson.

At least two homes were reportedly swept away off Augusta-Minerva Road in Augusta, Bracken County dispatch tells FOX19 NOW.

Dustin McCane and his family said they narrowly escaped getting swept away.

"Nobody wants to lose anything let alone lose a life. That's the thing we lost everything. Just about lost our life," he said.

McCane said if his family would have been asleep, they never would have made it out alive.

Luckily, he saw the water rising quickly and was able to rush his pregnant fiance and son to higher ground.

Within minutes, he says the flood water seeped into the floors and filled up the mobile home carrying it away.

"My life and my belongings were starting to float away," McCane said.

According to the National Weather Service, about 20 boats broke from their mooring due to rushing water at the mouth of Bracken Creek as it flows into the Ohio River.

[Mobile users: Click here to see a slideshow of the flooding]

A State of Emergency was declared in Mason County, according to Maysville Mayor David Cartmell

Approximately six inches of rain fell in Maysville.

Several cars were damaged and left in a creek near Thomas Auto Sales and Salvage along US-68.

"This was such a violent episode. We really haven't had anything like this," said Cartmell.

Cartmell says the east side of town "basically flooded."

"I've been mayor for nearly 20 years and this is the largest in town flood that we have had," said Cartmell.

Cartmell says the majority of the flooding came from the creeks.

Cleanup has begun at Reese's Auto Electric after the flooding left the shop covered in mud.

Betsy Reese said the aftermath of the storm is devastating.

She said the business opened up in 1983, and there's never been a flash flood like this before. The hope now is to get the store back up and running.

"We can't open. Obviously, we can't open tomorrow. He uses air compressors to use a lot of his equipment and those are both crap in the back," she said.

Reese said it will take at least a week to get things cleaned up.

Not far, down the road on Highway 11, Bob Strode, the owner of Strode's Auto Sale said his store was also impacted.

"You can see the nasty effects of a swollen creek," he said. "It's about probably 16 inches in front of the building. This was solid mud last night. We worked on all night trying to hose it out."

He also had to retrieve some of his vehicles out of the nearby creek, along with other auto sales shop owners.

Instead of having Sunday church service, the congregation and pastor over at Maysville Community Lighthouse Church were also trying to get things cleaned up. They don't have insurance, but are hoping they can get things back to normal.

"I mean we never had much money at all you know we don't have much building fund or anything so, and God  always you know had people donate things," he said.

A fundraiser has been set up to help the church with the cleanup.

No serious injuries have been reported in Mason County.

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